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Big Three Leaders Are Responsible for War Atrocities

by Oui Fri Feb 14th, 2020 at 06:31:10 PM EST

These events stick in my mind as a reminder, true leaders in the world seek peace between nations. Avoid war where possible, don't wager on perceived advantage of might to attack another nation. Use of unipolar power to bully and bribe other nations into submission is morally wrong and will lead to military conflict.

It has been said and written, in the 21st American Century, diplomacy is an art put at the wayside. After the 9/11 attacks on America, the world changed forever. The bully pulpit of George Bush and his neocons strategists couldn't accept the source of Al Qaeda wasn't located in Afghanistan. Al Qaeda was build on Osama bin Laden, son of a very rich building contractor in Saudi Arabia. Wealth from Saudis, royalty included, funded the Wahhabist mission across the globe. Preachers with a predetermined mindset of extremism were send to mosques across Western Europe, North Africa, Middle East (Lebanon and Syria included), Caucuses, former Soviet satellite states and across South East Asia.

The domino effect of the spread of Communism was halted, the spread of extremist Saudi Wahhabism was encouraged and coopted with western intelligence agencies for ulterior motives. In Afghanistan and the Caucasus to harm the Soviet Union and in a later stage, the Russian Federation.

Western intelligence has played a belligerent role above and beyond politics ever since the Great War 1940-45 and the formation of OSS under Allen Welsh Dulles. America, France and Great Britain made use of the Nazi Reich officials, kept them in place in order to battle Communism and the Soviet threat from the East. NATO was established and committed to avoid another war by Germany, but soon under British leadership targeted the Soviet "threat" of Communism. During the war against Nazi Germany, the Soviet Army of Joseph Stalin has grown into a formidable foe. During the years of Allied occupation of West-Germany and Soviet occupation of Eastern Europe, both sides acquired the power of atom bombs and forced a stalemate or the Cold War.

Bologna station bombing, Gladio, the "war on terror"

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Soviet premier Joseph Stalin, US president Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and british Prime Minister Winston Churchill (left to right) at the Teheran Conference, 1943. (Library of Congress)

Today the world leaders are at a crossroad once again, courageous leaders much choose a path for peace in this troubled world.

However, even during the Eisenhower-Nixon and Kennedy years, there were efforts for diplomacy, cultural exchange and sporting events. Because of the Soviet invasion and occupation of Afghanistan, the Olympic games of Moscow in 1980 were  boy-cotted. So were the games in Los Angeles of 1984, a quid-pro-quo of two powerful blocks of nations. The 1984 games were a turning point for the Olympic message to the world: a commercial success for the event is doable.  

The trillion dollar corporations from Silicon Valley, FAANG, digital revolution, IBM machines and backdoors ...

After the fall of Communism in 1989, the world took a deep breath and the military expansion took a dive for the worse (or good really). In the 90s, the Wahhabist terror of Al Qaeda and Osama bin Laden spread across the Muslim world. The terror attacks spread across the globe from the first bombing of the World Trade Center in 1993, the dubble U.S. Embassy attacks in Kenya and Tanzania in 1998. Furthermore, there were distinct Al Qaeda terror actions across the Indonesian and Philippine archipelago of Islands. In all the instances of AQ terror, the funding came from the Gulf States and the extremist form of the Islam.

A lot of Saudi wealth supported the cause of Osama! Later the "missionary" efforts in mosques everywhere were also supported by other Gulf States, especially the Emirates, Kuwait and Qatar (Muslim Brotherhood).

Not satisfied with the destruction inside Afghanistan, the United States and certain western partners invaded and occupied Iraq as a few years later their proxies were send to Libya (briefly Egypt until the coup by Gen. Sisi) and Syria. A split and competition developed between the Salafists of Gulf States with the Muslim Brotherhood of Egypt (president Morsi), Turkey and Qatar. Hamas in Gaza was supported and funded by the latter MB states. See also the terror in the Sinai.

Ever since the Bush inflicted War on Terror on the world, terror has increased, multiplied a tenfold with a steady increase of deaths in dozens of nations. There is no end in sight. The use of proxy fighters and mercenaries or private armies has become a scourge. The unrest in the embattled nations has spread to other nations as refugees seek a better life elsewhere. Xenophobia and Islamophobia spread into Europe and triggered politicians to extreme rightwing policy and an Anglo-Saxon brand of Conservatism.

As the planet burns and suffers from extreme temperatures and weather, the authoritarian regimes are building fortunes of wealth for their oligarchs. Is anyone out there still optimistic? I for one am convinced the cycle of global warming has passed the threshold of no-return.

Between toughness and talking: 75 years since Yalta | The New Statesman |

At the Yalta Conference 75 years ago, as the Red Army was taking control of eastern Europe, Churchill, Roosevelt and Stalin met to plan the peace. What did the "Big Three" want? And what did they get?

Leningrad: War on the Eastern Front - Video

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Roosevelt and Churchill were both fascinated by face-to-face diplomacy, and each believed himself a master of the art. In March 1942, before meeting the Soviet leader and having exchanged only a half-dozen messages with him, Roosevelt told Churchill: "I think I can personally handle Stalin better than either your Foreign Office or my state department. Stalin hates the guts of all your top people. He thinks he likes me better, and I hope he will continue to do so." In January 1944, Churchill told an old friend: "If only Stalin and I could meet once a week, there would be no trouble at all. We get on like a house on fire." Of course, the prime minister's moods were volatile and, as an inveterate anti-Bolshevik, he feared that the red tide might engulf Europe, but that prompted him to engage in personal summitry with "Uncle Joe" in the hope of reducing the danger.

Stalin had proved reluctant to meet until he felt in a strong enough position to match the Anglo-American duo, and this did not occur until after the Red Army's victory at Kursk in July 1943 and its subsequent advance into the Ukraine. The Big Three convened for the first time at Tehran in November 1943. A year later Stalin was even better placed, with Soviet troops flooding into eastern Europe, from Poland to Bulgaria. He insisted on meeting at Yalta, an old Tsarist resort on the southern coast of Crimea, rejecting all attempts by his two allies to find a more accessible location in the Mediterranean. Stalin was scared of flying and reluctant to venture outside the Soviet security net, so Yalta suited him fine. Churchill, by contrast, grumbled: "We could not have found a worse place for a meeting if we had spent ten years looking for it."

This week in Germany, the former stronghold of Nazi Germany, commemoration of 75 years after the Leipzig bombing by Allied Air Force ...

Dresden marks WWII bombing in far-right stronghold | DW |

In an effort to force a surrender, the Dresden bombing was intended to terrorize the civilian population locally and nationwide. It certainly had that effect.

Dresden Bombing: A Barrage of Explosives and Incendiaries

In the time that Vonnegut and others hid underground, the British Bomber Command's Blind Illuminator aircraft had rained explosives and incendiaries over the city. Then, "visual marker" aircraft swooped low to drop thousands of flares and fire-target markers. The main attack formation followed: over 500 heavy "Lancaster" bombers loaded with explosives and incendiaries. The U.S. Eighth Air Force attacked the next day with another 400 tons of bombs and launched yet another raid with 210 bombers on February 15.

Flying V1 attack in London, June 1944

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JCPOA diaries here @EuroTrib ... Iran Nuclear Deal - JCPOA

Saudi minister lauds Trump's Mideast plan amid Palestinian outrage | Times of Israel |

Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.

by Oui on Fri Feb 14th, 2020 at 08:23:57 PM EST

Global defence spending: the United States widens the gap | IISS |



Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.
by Oui on Fri Feb 14th, 2020 at 08:25:13 PM EST
By way of comparison, the Irish defence budget is c. 1 Billion or 0.27% of GDP...

Index of Frank's Diaries
by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Sun Feb 16th, 2020 at 10:46:34 PM EST
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Hafiz Saeed's conviction | Dawn Editorial |

The verdict on the terror financing cases involving Jamaat ud Dawa supremo Hafiz Saeed on Wednesday is a major development as this country tries to dismantle the active militant infrastructure.

Saeed was, of course, the driving force behind Lashkar-e-Taiba -- before dissociating from it when it was banned to go on to establish JuD. Formed as the US-backed Afghan jihad was winding down in the late 1980s, the Kashmir-centric Lashkar became one of the most violent and well-organised militant groups in South Asia.

The lawyer of the veteran jihadi leader, who along with an aide was convicted by an antiterrorism court, says they will appeal the judgement in the Lahore High Court.

Saeed's counsel argues that his client was convicted for no other reason than due to FATF "pressure" ahead of its upcoming meeting. Whether FATF was a consideration, it does appear that there is a growing realisation in the government and security establishment that nurturing or ignoring such violent actors was a dangerous policy, and that the time had come to put an end to their activities.



Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.
by Oui on Fri Feb 14th, 2020 at 09:07:47 PM EST
US blacklists Pakistan's Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) in 2014

Move rejected as "worthless propaganda" by self-described charity seen as front organisation for banned Lashkar-e-Taiba.


JuD says it rejects 'misleading and malicious assertions' by the US State and Treasury departments [File-EPA]

The US State Department has named Pakistan's Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) a "foreign terrorist organisation", a status that freezes any assets it has under the US jurisdiction.

Jamaat-ud-Dawa calls itself a humanitarian charity but is also seen as a front organisation for the banned Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), a Pakistan-based group that fights Indian soldiers in India-administered Kashmir and accused of 2008 Mumbai attacks that killed 166 people.

"In December 2001, the Department of State designated Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) as a Foreign Terrorist Organisation. Since the original designation occurred, LeT has repeatedly changed its name in an effort to avoid sanctions," the State Department said in a statement on Wednesday.

"More specifically, LeT created Jamaat-ud-Dawa as a front organisation, claiming that the group was an 'organisation for the preaching of Islam, politics, and social work'.

    Hafiz Muhammadd Saeed, the founder of LeT and JuD chief, and Zafar Iqbal, two professors at Lahore University, formed JuD in 1985 as a missionary group dedicated to the tenets of Ahl-e-Hadith Islam. In 1987, mujahideen fighting in Afghanistan formed a group named Markaz Dawat wal Irshad (MDI) under Hafiz Saeed's leadership. MDI continued jihad (Islamic campaign against non-believers and 'apostates') in Afghanistan, where it set up its first training centre, with active support from both the Pakistani Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) and the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), to fight alongside the Afghan mujahideen.

    MDI's founders sought to ensure the group's survival even after the Afghan jihad came to an end, and dovetailed the objectives of both armed and peaceful jihad, expanding a network of 'social services', even as they continued to build up their armed strength. As the Afghan jihad came to an end and the Afghan mujahideen threw themselves at each other's throats, the MDI was directed by its handlers in the ISI to another front in the Indian State of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K). In 1990, MDI formed the Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT), the armed wing dedicated to fight the jihad in J&K.

The US Treasury Department separately announced that it was designating two LeT leaders, Nazir Ahmad Chaudhry and Muhammad Hussein Gill, as "specially designated global terrorists", imposing economic sanctions on them.

CIA yanks top spy from Pakistan after cover blown, death threats (by Magnifico on Sat Dec 18th, 2010)

Related reading ...

US hails Pakistan's effort in run-up to FATF review meeting | Dawn |

Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.

by Oui on Fri Feb 14th, 2020 at 09:09:30 PM EST
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I've steadily written about the failure of US and Western foreign policy. The propaganda was strong and has set in minds of the masses there is no other way. But there is. First we need to tell the truth and make policy transparent and the American voter should send Donald Trump back to his gabbers in New York city. It's a shameful figurehead performing the roe of US president in the White House. There needs to be a cleaning in US politics, a revolution of liberal and human values. Vote the Conservatives and Tea Party rebels out of office. The Democrats need young progressives and a Roosevelt majority in U.S. Congress.

Rethinking Proxy Warfare | New America |

As successive White House administrations have shown in grappling with decisions ranging from whether to support Libyan militias in their fight against ISIS, to a possible withdrawal of support to rebel forces in northern Syria, or assistance in the Saudi air campaign in Yemen, there are few easy solutions. Little has been written about the changes wrought by strategic innovations in proxy force deployment and the use of weapons, communications, and information--all of which have transformed the nature of strategic surprise, made proxy forces more numerous, and in some case made proxies more lethal. The potential peril of these strategic choices is exceedingly high, but all too often policy claims about proxy warfare are made with limited data and insight about what is actually occurring on the ground.

Proxy wars often escalate into brutal conflicts that spill across borders. Rival sponsors commonly employ strategies that support the use of ever more questionable and lethal tactics by their own proxies. In each instance, murky sponsor motivations and covert proxy connections raise barriers to attributing actions to actors. Intelligence sharing, air campaigns, battlefield detentions, joint strikes, and targeted kill/capture operations supported by principals and executed by agents blur lines of command responsibility. Reliance on proxies has simultaneously precipitated and reinforced a feedback loop of ever more expansive state secrecy, predatory corruption, and lack of transparency in the realm of global finance, arms, and energy trading.

As a result, when drones strike, ballistic missiles cross boundaries, chemical weapons explode, and bots attack, "command and control" takes on a whole new meaning. The tangle of relationships between irregular proxy forces and their sponsors often obscures how orders are issued and who sets the rules of engagement.

End the harsh economic sanction on sovereign nations across the globe, stop being a bully and use arguments to convince people. Damn the social media revolution and the ugliness and crimes that comes with it. Oligarchy: globalization of corruption and greed.

Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.

by Oui on Fri Feb 14th, 2020 at 09:11:18 PM EST
The Middle East in Chaos: Of Orders and Borders | Int'l Crisis Group - Hilterman |

As Middle Eastern societies start pulling themselves out of conflict, as Iraq seems to be doing today, this is the challenge they must face: to refashion social contracts and establish governing structures able to equitably accommodate a highly diverse population's needs and peacefully manage territorial disputes with neighbors.

When they meet with trauma and survive it, a people's aspiration to surmount it and prevent its recurrence does not die. On the contrary: it gains strength over time, despite setbacks - sometimes of the disastrous variety - until a time arrives that offers the chance to break through externally imposed barriers and realise long-nourished dreams. But success is not guaranteed. A people's agency - their willingness to struggle and make sacrifices - may be essential in the achievement of their goals, but it alone does not suffice. The ever-shifting geopolitical environment, too, will play a role in shaping the outcome.

Two recent examples: the Iraqi Kurds' September 2017 independence referendum, which proved to be a colossal misjudgment of timing; and the failed Arab uprisings, which sought to upend the state systems created in the aftermath of the Ottoman Empire's collapse (and which have evolved in the hundred years since but were dysfunctional throughout and, ultimately, had lost their last thin shred of legitimacy). These two sets of events were separate but also related: the collapsing Arab state order encouraged the Kurds to believe they could press forward with their statehood ambition. They also have the same progenitor: the chaos that resulted from the First World War and disintegration of the Ottoman Empire, which, increasingly dysfunctional itself, nonetheless provided a sense of order to its denizens for centuries.

US/Russia Should Lead - A Yalta Conference on Middle East (by Oui @BooMan on Aug. 22, 2013)
Negotiating the Iran Nuclear Deal - the 5+1 group

Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.

by Oui on Fri Feb 14th, 2020 at 09:25:16 PM EST
Saudi Arabia's Prince Turki Al-Faisal: Multilateralism can encourage dialogue, genuine collaboration if given the chance | Arab News |

Multilateralism and global governance, a central principle to solving international issues, is under threat and its decline was the main topic of discussion at the Think 20 (T20) inception conference, an intellectual backbone for the G20.

At the opening keynote address, Prince Turki Al-Faisal, chairman of King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies (KFCRIS),  told the attendees, "multilateralism can encourage dialogue and genuine collaboration if given the chance. Presumably alliances and teamwork are good things and that corporation under a role base system."

During the T20 conference, the research and policy advice network for the G20, held at King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center (KAPSARC) in Riyadh, Al- Faisal mentioned that multilateralism is under pressure.

"Fear takes over many developed societies, high popular expectations, mistrusting, national and international systems and institutions and various political and economic concepts are the only ingredients that are promoting extreme nationalism and isolations, which is ironic since most of those societies have benefited from multilateral initiatives and are likely to continue to prosper a union rather than an isolation," Prince Turki said.

During the "Multilateralism for a Prosperous World" session, Prince Turki mentioned the issue of where international interests lies.

Saudi Government Cleared from 9/11 Lawsuits by U.S. Federal Court
Why Trump's Hawks Back the MEK Terrorist Cult | NYR Daily |
Terrorists, cultists - or champions of Iranian democracy? The wild wild story of the MEK

    The MEK has always denied it is financed by Saudi Arabia - but the former Saudi intelligence chief, Prince Turki al-Faisal, made waves when he attended the group's 2016 rally in Paris and called for the fall of the Iranian regime.


Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.
by Oui on Fri Feb 14th, 2020 at 11:31:58 PM EST
Trump's 'deal of the century' a monstrous conception of Palestinian state, Saudi lawmaker says | CNBC |

Prince Turki Al Faisal, former head of Saudi intelligence, says President Donald Trump's proposed plan for Middle Eastern peace "strips away" the heart and soul of Palestine ....

President Donald Trump's Middle East peace plan is a "monstrous conception" of a Palestinian state that is not going to progress any further, according to a former chief of Saudi intelligence.

The U.S. unveiled its long-awaited peace initiative for an Israeli-Palestinian deal with great fanfare late last month.

The proposal, which Trump delivered standing alongside Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, would give Israel most of what it has sought during decades of conflict. This includes the disputed city of Jerusalem and recognition of Israeli sovereignty over settlements in the occupied West Bank.

Palestine has rejected the U.S. proposal outright, while Israel strongly supports it.

"What I have seen so far of that deal is that it is trying to make of Palestine what I can call a Frankenstein creation," Saudi Arabia's Prince Turki Al Faisal told CNBC's Hadley Gamble at the Milken Institute MENA Summit in Abu Dhabi.

It is "generally just a monstrous conception of a Palestinian state. It's rightful capital Jerusalem is stripped from it, so that takes away its heart, and its borders are undefined and that takes away its soul."

"So, it is not going to go very far -- not only in our part of the world -- but the whole world has rejected it," Al Faisal said.

Saudi Prince Turki Al-Faisal In Open Letter To Trump: Rectify Your Arrogant Mistake, Recognize Palestinian State Whose Capital Is East Jerusalem
Saudi Prince al-Faisal Interview: Desire for Peace Exists Both in Gaza and Ramallah | Haaretz - Nov. 2015 |

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by Oui on Fri Feb 14th, 2020 at 11:59:24 PM EST
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Desertec.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sat Feb 15th, 2020 at 02:37:25 AM EST

globalism before it was "globalism"

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sat Feb 15th, 2020 at 02:44:52 AM EST
Under the dome: Fears Pacific nuclear 'coffin' is leaking
The US military filled the bomb crater on Runit island with radioactive waste, capped it with concrete, and told displaced residents of the Pacific's remote Enewetak atoll they could safely return home.

archived
US dug these are graveyards

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sat Feb 15th, 2020 at 02:59:07 AM EST
"Last" of the Mohicns: "The territory was organized in 1793 to settle the Mohawks who were expelled from the United States after the United States War of Independence. ..."

CBC | Mohawk protesters halt rail traffic near Belleville, Ont., 7 Feb

National Post | Indigenous rail blockades cause chaos for Ontario travellers, commuters, 9 Feb
"The blockade in Tyendinaga Mohawk territory took over the tracks Thursday night in solidarity with demonstrators in northwest B.C., where Indigenous people and supporters are protesting the construction of a pipeline that crosses Wet'suwet'en territory."

Global News | Canada's industry groups worried as Wet'suwet'en protests block `vital artery' of railways , 12 Feb
"For about a week, supporters have set up blockades at rail lines and highways across the country in solidarity with the Wet'suwet'en hereditary chiefs who are opposed to the construction of a $6-billion, 670-kilometre Coastal GasLink pipeline that crosses their traditional territory in northwestern B.C."

Toronto Sun | A vocal minority who hardly speak for First Nations are grinding our country to a halt, 14 Feb
"They were also shocked to see B.C. cabinet ministers denied entry to their place of work by protesters and to watch Deputy PM Chrystia Freeland get blocked from accessing a Halifax government building. Just who is in charge of this country?"


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sat Feb 15th, 2020 at 03:38:02 AM EST
Police Arrest Indigenous Land Defenders After Trudeau Demands an End to Blockades, A/V, transcript
Here's what the Prime Minister had to say on that day.

Justin TRUDEAU: Canadians have been patient. Our government has been patient, but it has been two weeks and the barricades need to come down now.

Settler governments are breaking international law, not Wet'suwet'en hereditary chiefs, say 200 lawyers, legal scholars
While the Supreme Court has officially recognized that Canada was not in fact terra nullius ("nobody's land") before European colonization, Canadian courts and legal institutions continue to treat Indigenous territories as if they are so -- enabling a wide scope of governmental and corporate infringement on unceded Indigenous lands, including Wet'suwet'en land, even in the face of sustained Indigenous resistance.

For example, recent research from the Yellowhead Institute at Ryerson University has found that injunctions are overwhelmingly ordered by Canadian courts in favour of development projects against Indigenous claims. While 76 per cent of injunctions filed by corporations against First Nations were granted, over 80 per cent of injunctions sought by First Nations against corporations and the government were denied.

This pattern is perpetuated with the repeated issuance of injunctions -- enforced with violence and threat of lethal force by the RCMP -- against the Wet'suwet'en working against the Coastal GasLink project, authorized without the consent of the hereditary chiefs vested with jurisdiction over the decision.

by Cat on Wed Feb 26th, 2020 at 12:09:06 AM EST
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MSC: German foreign minister calls for European defense union within next 10 years

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, speaking before a panel discussion at the Munich Security Conference on Friday, called on his country and all of Europe to take on a greater international security role in light of evolving relations with the United States.

"For too long, we Europeans have shut our eyes to the uncomfortable reality of what a withdrawal of the US from military engagement and from international treaties means for us," Maas said, opening a discussion on the changing nature of the international order.

Mass called for the "construction of a European security and defense union as a strong, European pillar of NATO."

Responding to an offer made earlier this week by French President Emmanuel Macron, he also said that Germany is prepared to discuss a European strategy related to France's nuclear weapon arsenal.

NATO tensions

NATO allies will likely find themselves in conflict during the meeting, with Macron pushing for Europe to become more independent from the United States.

US General Tod Wolters told reporters at the conference that NATO will resume its training mission in Iraq in the coming days or weeks, after activities were suspended following a US drone strike on Baghdad [assassination of Iran commander Soleimani - Oui]. Wolters said the 500-strong mission had received assurances from the Iraqi government.

Middle East peace

The US peace plan for Palestine will likely lead to conflicts at this year's MSC. European Union foreign policy chief Josep Borrell criticized the Israel-friendly plan, and called on EU foreign ministers to table their own ideas to promote peace.

Borrell said he was concerned that the current US plan could lead to the annexation of the Jordan Valley and other parts of the West Bank. He warned the EU would be forced act against such serious violations of international law.

However, he acknowledged, that EU lacked unity on the Middle East peace process.

Heiko Maas says 'world peace threatened by nuclear weapons'

    "The Cold War is over, the Warsaw Pact no longer exists, and there is no longer a wall in Germany. Thus, we cannot solve the problems that face us today with last century's answers."

Europe, the EU and foreign affairs | IISS |

Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.

by Oui on Sat Feb 15th, 2020 at 08:50:32 AM EST
What a big a$$hole he is, an exponent of extremism and rightwing America ... Republicans and Democrats.

    "The West is winning, all of us together in NATO, we're WINNING."

To The Ugly American I say NO! The world needs cooperation through multilateralism to survive. You define your enemies throughout recent decades based on lies and propaganda. It's a dead end and the empire won't last through this century.

'The West is Winning,' Pompeo Tells China, Russia | Munich Security Conference |

America never departed from Racism and McCarthyism ... the decade of White Supremacy.

East-West Schism: Destruction Process Inside Europe

Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.

by Oui on Sat Feb 15th, 2020 at 12:06:57 PM EST

Trump and Republican backers tied to BIG coal
Scott Morrison and BIG coal: Australia

Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.

by Oui on Sat Feb 15th, 2020 at 12:24:57 PM EST
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Mike Pompeo starts tour of Africa
"'Terrorism has no border, and it is very costly,' said Ba at the news conference with Pompeo. He said that Senegal and the region wants continued military support from the U.S."
by Cat on Sun Feb 16th, 2020 at 09:21:38 PM EST
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AFRICOM's Evolution from Bush to Obama - link

See links in my diary - The American Century -- End of Exceptionalism

Yep, Trump on the "shithole" nations of Africa ...

Trump's Africa Policy Is a Continuation of Clinton's, Bush's and Obama's

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by Oui on Sun Feb 16th, 2020 at 09:47:51 PM EST
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Showing his enduring conservative values as Dutch prime minister ... a staunch ally of Theresa May and of Boris Johnson to the very end. Does Rutte want a best deal with the UK and Washington on trade? Or just vying for a job in his career planning beyond the low lands behind the dykes?

Joint Statement from President Donald J. Trump and Prime Minister Mark Rutte | July 3, 2018 |

Mark: Donald Calls Me A Friend | NL Times - July 2019 |

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by Oui on Sat Feb 15th, 2020 at 10:38:44 PM EST

Democrats do not look at themselves in the mirror but long ago have given their support for the Iraq War, CIA torture, detention and rendition ... globalisation of capitalism, oligarchs and corruption. All hope is vested in the progressive side of young Democrats ... support Bernie Sanders.

Inside the fight to reveal the CIA's torture secrets

Kevin de Leon says he would vote 'No' on torturer as new CIA director

Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.

by Oui on Sun Feb 16th, 2020 at 01:39:35 PM EST
by Cat on Sat Feb 22nd, 2020 at 02:03:26 AM EST
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MSC: US Biased and One-sided Policy In Middle East Will Fail



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by Oui on Sun Feb 16th, 2020 at 05:08:06 PM EST
by Cat on Sun Feb 16th, 2020 at 09:16:44 PM EST
by Cat on Thu Feb 20th, 2020 at 04:54:28 PM EST
What an awful comparison. Dreyfus did nothing to be accused, whereas Assange went out of his way to provoke the authorities. Couldn't he have come up with a better example? The Debs of our age. The Sakharov of our age. The Vanunu of our age. The Jesus Christ of our age.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Thu Feb 20th, 2020 at 05:20:54 PM EST
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couple of WWIII news tips from Ames (while Russia strafes Idlib "proxy" fighters ahead of Syrian army ground game, US Navy gloats over Iranian missile "cache")


by Cat on Thu Feb 20th, 2020 at 11:43:42 PM EST


Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.
by Oui on Fri Feb 21st, 2020 at 04:07:43 PM EST
Defender Europe 2020: the Trial War
Today the public discussion of the expansion of the military training ground near Daugavpils is in full swing. It is planned to globally expand the Mezha Matskevichi training ground from 10 to 2064 hectares (increase by 200 times!), having built a military training base on the territory. A meeting was planned for everyone to receive answers to questions regarding the consequences and prospects of the expansion of the Meža Matskevičy training ground on February 4. However, the Daugavpils' local government canceled the planned event. Now the meeting is scheduled for the second half of March. The public comment period has been extended until February 24.

Evidently, the local authorities did not expect such a fierce protest from the residents.

by Cat on Fri Feb 21st, 2020 at 05:58:38 PM EST
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The Intelligence Community and influencing elections ... or else "regime change".

No historical parallel ... the incumbent Republican of 1972 got booted thru a threat of impeachment by an excellent U.S. Congress. Today Congress failed in their duty and responsibility to impeach President Trump, thus the voters, "We the People" must act in 2020. Grassroots and the Bernie Sanders movement filled with lots of energy and ambition.

Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.

by Oui on Sun Feb 23rd, 2020 at 10:46:05 AM EST
From my earlier post in 2018 ...

Frank Church Investigation and Operation Mockingbird

Further details of Operation Mockingbird were revealed as a result of the Frank Church investigations (Select Committee to Study Governmental Operations with Respect to Intelligence Activities) in 1975.

    Frank Wisner, the director of the espionage and counter-intelligence branch, spearheaded the organization and was told to concentrate on "propaganda, economic warfare; preventive direct action, including sabotage, anti-sabotage, demolition and evacuation measures; subversion against hostile states, including assistance to underground resistance groups, and support of indigenous anti-Communist elements in threatened countries of the free world."

    Journalists were reportedly blackmailed and threatened into this network.

    The CIA's financing of independent and private organizations wasn't just meant to create favorable stories. It was also a means to covertly collect information from other countries that were relevant to America's national security.

Martin Longman's front page story in 2005 ...

The Establishment Press

A diary by Real History Lisa ...

The Real History of Gerald Ford, Watergate, and the CIA

Recent publications about Swiss CIA front operation Crypto AG and the Dutch Philips power IC delivering Aroflex cryptography for (handheld) telex and teleprinter machines.

Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.

by Oui on Sun Feb 23rd, 2020 at 11:08:47 AM EST
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Reading this book now:

At the end, the author will not declare or deny that CIA or FBI prepared Manson's murders to discredit hippies and end those 60s (as it happened). But the resources for misconduct by law enforcers and a few shadowy characters are fascinating.

by das monde on Sun Feb 23rd, 2020 at 06:45:45 PM EST
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The Obama administration and the Arab Spring of regime change ...

CIA's Angel of Death  by Martin Longman in 2011

    They sent a solid Princeton man [NY Times] to tell Hosni Mubarak that the jig is up. Who better to play the role of Grim Reaper of the Great American Empire than the son of Frank Wisner? For the uninitiated, Frank Wisner Sr. cut his teeth as the OSS liaison to the Gehlen Organisation in post-war Germany. He then became the first Director of the Office of Policy Coordination, a precursor of the CIA's Directorate of Plans. He and/or Richard Helms headed up the CIA's dirty tricks operations during the worst periods of CIA abuse (later chronicled in the Church Committee reports).

    Wisner Sr. is most famous for launching Operation Mockingbird, and coining the term "Mighty Wurlitzer" to describe how he played the media like an instrument.



Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.
by Oui on Sun Feb 23rd, 2020 at 11:12:13 AM EST
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Pushed from power by the Egyptisn uprising on Tahrir Square ...

After the coup d'etat in 2013, the Egyptian people got a true despot Gen. Sisi ...

Of Uprisings and Regressions: The Strange Fruit of Egypt's Arab Spring

Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.

by Oui on Tue Feb 25th, 2020 at 01:47:17 PM EST
related illness. Number of 9/11 related deaths nears the number of direct loss of life.



Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.
by Oui on Tue Feb 25th, 2020 at 06:41:54 PM EST


Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.
by Oui on Wed Feb 26th, 2020 at 09:00:20 PM EST
hand waving as  this event is likely the last physical meeting of EU + Iran envoys for many months.

COVID-19: European Parliament staff asked to stay home

The areas concerned by the precautionary measure include mainland China, Hong Kong and Macao, but also Singapore, South Korea and four regions in the north of Italy - Lombardy, Piedmont, Emilia-Romagna and Veneto.
EU Commission advises staff not to go to Lombardy over virus
by Cat on Thu Feb 27th, 2020 at 02:21:30 AM EST
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Developments in Idlib have turned in Turkey's favor, says Erdoğan | Hurriyet Daily News |

BREAKING NEWS!!

Syria War: 22 troops killed in airstrike in Idlib | BBC News |

Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.

by Oui on Thu Feb 27th, 2020 at 10:29:03 PM EST
Under the Obama administration in 2013:

Qatar Will Host Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (Taliban) Peace Talks

Historical meeting at the Bush ranch in Texas ...

Taliban Representatives Visit Unocal in Texas of Governor George Bush - Dec. 1997

Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.

by Oui on Sat Feb 29th, 2020 at 11:57:45 PM EST
President Ghani rejects peace deal's prisoner swap | Al Jazeera |

Breakthrough last November ...



Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.
by Oui on Sun Mar 1st, 2020 at 11:01:53 AM EST

Two US troops and British soldier killed in rocket attack on Iraq base | The National - UAE |

Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.

by Oui on Thu Mar 12th, 2020 at 07:35:04 AM EST


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